Introductory Pastel Class Supply List

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Don Rantz Supply List

  • A 16″x20″ sheet of 1/2″ acid-free foamcore or (2) 20″x15″+ sheets of 1/4″ acid-free foamcore taped together
  • 2mm Lead Holder
  • HB 2mm lead
  • 2mm lead Sharpener
  • Peel “n” Sketch Soft Charcoal Pencil
  • Latex or Nitrile Gloves
  • Denatured Alcohol (small plastic container)
  • A Cheap Synthetic Medium Flat Brush
  • Thumbtacks
  • Scrap Piece of Matboard (support board)
  • Sheet of Glassine
  • Mars Plastic Eraser (or any soft, white plastic eraser)


Instructor gives you the following on the first day of class:

  • A sheet of sanded pastel paper
  • The shared use of instructor’s plein-aire pastel set (hundreds of professional pastels in assorted colors) while in the studio

    Other Highly Recommended Materials & Equipment for Introductory Pastels:

  • Full set (96 colors) of Prismacolor Nupastels
  • Nupastel Grey Set (only found at Art Store)
  • Unison Grey Set #1
  • Rantz Big Sky Set (only found at Art Store)
  • Uart 320 grit sanded paper
  • Scrap Piece of Matboard (Grid) or printed Art Store Grid
  • Photoshop
  • Macintosh or PC with color corrected monitor
  • Digital Camera
  • Photos (the images you would like to paint)
  • Sketchbook 9″x12″ or Larger (for notes and sketching ideas)

    Equipment to bring yourself :

  • Apron
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